noun, often attributive
out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

Examples of outpatient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of the 18 states that responded, including Penny’s home state of North Carolina, all said they are required to cover inpatient treatment and most outpatient services. Madison Muller, Fortune, 15 Aug. 2022 Many of the physician offices and outpatient services, including lab draw, also remain and will continue to operate at these locations (UH Richmond and UH Bedford, which is also closing) until other arrangements are finalized. cleveland, 11 Aug. 2022 Staffing demands go beyond just inpatient care, but also the need to staff more outpatient services, including therapy. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 30 June 2022 The calculation means that older adults paying average premiums for outpatient services will pay roughly an extra $116 this year due to the impacts of a single, expensive drug. Rachel Cohrs, STAT, 29 May 2022 Thornton conducts research at the university’s Center for Child Well-Being and is clinical director of outpatient services for an Arizona behavioral health services agency. USA Today, 19 May 2022 Silver Cross Hospital plans to build a facility of about 65,000 square feet in Orland Park that would offer outpatient services, according to the hospital and Mayor Keith Pekau. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 17 May 2022 Medicaid requires these types of outpatient mental health services to be provided by licensed therapists. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 31 Mar. 2022 Mental health providers and advocates argue that reimbursement rates for outpatient services are much too low. Sarah Blesener, ProPublica, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outpatient

1715, in the meaning defined above

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“Outpatient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outpatient. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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out·​pa·​tient | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce outpatient (audio) \

Medical Definition of outpatient

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient


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